Below you will find the 3rd and final letter, Made in the Image of God, in my Perfectly Unique letter series. I hope these letters have been an inspiration to you as you seek to encourage and inspire the young people you correspond with, and even with young people in your own community. The first two letters can be found here and here.Continue Reading
You will notice, these Perfectly Unique letters are quite short and simple. I often struggle between being too wordy, and too abrupt. In these letters, I wanted the message to be true and rich, but my words to be few. Hopefully I have achieved a balance.
Perfectly Unique, Sponsorship Saturday
Several letter writing ideas swirl in my mind often, but getting them down on paper isn’t always done before I forget those great ideas. Understanding that about myself, I began to be intentional about looking for an idea for a series of letters to pre-write to our Compassion Sponsored Children. These letters are among the most popular posts on By Quiet Waters.
Letter Writing Inspiration
Early in the summer of 2015 I had made a commitment to myself to finish some of the books I started reading, but for one reason or another, hadn’t finished. Perfectly Unique by Annie Downs is one of those books. As I read the book, I was looking for quotes and ideas to infuse into my conversations with my daughters. And I was also inspired to write a series of three letters to our sponsored children. These letters are quite simple, but I hope the message is clear. Every child is planned for, loved, and has purpose. That is what I want each of my own children to know and believe, and each of our sponsored children well.Continue Reading
This paper airplane letter post is an updated version of a popular post from the archives. The letter writing guidelines for Compassion Sponsors have changed. In light of that, I am going back through my Sponsorship Saturday posts and updating the information to better fit those new guidelines.
Have you ever found yourself in the middle of the mess, any mess, and wonder how you got there? again? I have. And I’m in one again. And I find it amazing that a book has been sitting on my shelve for a few weeks, but when I picked it up last week, it had the words I needed to hear.
In the Middle of the Mess, Strength for this Beautiful, Broken Life by Sheila Walsh has been a balm to my messy heart.
It’s okay not to be okay. Have you heard that before? I have, but is it true? We look around in our neighborhoods, the office, our churches, and everyone is fine, right?
It is probably true that most people are fighting battles in private. Whether it be pain, physical or emotional, or depression, loss, loneliness…we are likely all in the middle of some mess.
These private battles can isolate us, from other people, and from God. But look at these words:
“We see ourselves from the perspective of the mud we’re sitting in, but God sees us through the blood of Christ that washes us clean, in the present, in the middle of our messes.”
We are not alone. We are seen, we are loved, and we are offered God’s presence and cleansing right there in our mess. We don’t need to hide or pretend. We can be truthful in prayer, tell God exactly how we feel, what we fear, how we wonder what’s next.
In being truthful with God, we can find the courage to be truthful with ourselves. Telling myself the truth, a truth that has evaded me for many years, might be hard, but it can set me free from one more tangled up mess.
If you are in the middle of the mess, I want to pray for you.
May the God of grace and truth help you to lean into Him, and trust Him. May He draw a faithful few around you to sit beside you, to listen, and to pray. In Jesus powerful and effective name, amen.
The book mentioned in this post was supplied to me by Handlebar Publishing, in exchange for my impressions of the book.
Colorado Springs is full of delightful places to spend an afternoon. As I continue to write Colorado Staycation posts I must include Cheyenne Cañon and Helen Hunt Falls. Located in southwestern Colorado Springs the Cañon can be found along the same route from downtown Colorado Springs to the Broadmoor Hotel and the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.